Mar 27, 2015

Review: Divergent Thinking: YA Authors on Veronica Roth's Divergent Trilogy

Divergent Thinking: YA Authors on Veronica Roth's Divergent Trilogy
Divergent Thinking: YA Authors on Veronica Roth's Divergent Trilogy by Leah Wilson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My thoughts:

I love books like this that have different authors direct the original texts with their psychological break downs and their ideas of how the Divergent books relate to modern day thinking, how something like this could happen, why it may be possible, what in our own minds pulls us so strongly to the books. Let's face it, many of these books hit close to home and scare the shit out of us as far as what the future may hold, and the reality of how much of this "fiction" is actually present today, and being accepted. I was given this book to provide an hinest opinion of.

I read the different author's opinions and expansions in the story and so many times they clarify or out in words what I was trying to unsuccessfully think completely think through along with pointing out many angles that make me realize "oh, yes I see that too now."

I love the fact that the writers in this book have some insight into what they are discussing as far as dissecting the different elements / social make up, psychology of fear, etc. I loved the original Roth trilogy and even like the movies. It always amazes me how governments use tech or fear to overcome their citizens, but this has happened throughout history one way oe another forever. SCARY.

Love the insight and the opinions of others. This book is a great companion after reading the Divergent Trilogy to get your thinking juices flowing.

Book description:

Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy (Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant) has captured the hearts and thoughts of millions of readers. In Divergent Thinking, YA authors explore even more of Tris and Tobias’ world, including:

� What Divergent’s factions have in common with one of psychology’s most prominent personality models
� The biology of fear: where it comes from and how Tris and the other Dauntless are able to overcome it
� Full-page maps locating all five faction headquarters and other series landmarks in today’s Chicago, based on clues from the books
� Plus a whole lot more, from why we love identity shorthand like factions to Tris’ trouble with honesty to the importance of choice, family, and being brave

With a dozen smart, surprising, mind-expanding essays on all three books in the trilogy, Divergent Thinking provides a companion fit for even the most Erudite Divergent fan.

Contributor list:

Elizabeth Wein
Maria V. Snyder and Jenna Snyder
V. Arrow
Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Mary Borsellino
Rosemary Clement-Moore
Debra Driza
Julia Karr
Dan Krokos
Elizabeth Norris
Janine K. Spendlove
Blythe Woolston

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Mar 22, 2015

Review: Pines

Pines by Blake Crouch

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

book description:

The international runaway bestseller is now a Major Television Event from executive producer M. Night Shyamalan, starring Matt Dillon and premiering on FOX May 14th.

Read Books 2 and 3 in the Trilogy, WAYWARD and THE LAST TOWN, available now for download via NetGalley.

Secret service agent Ethan Burke arrives in Wayward Pines, Idaho, with a clear mission: locate and recover two federal agents who went missing in the bucolic town one month earlier. But within minutes of his arrival, Ethan is involved in a violent accident. He comes to in a hospital, with no ID, no cell phone, and no briefcase. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into the disappearance of his colleagues turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he get any phone calls through to his wife and son in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what is the purpose of the electrified fences surrounding the town? Are they meant to keep the residents in? Or something else out? Each step closer to the truth takes Ethan further from the world he thought he knew, from the man he thought he was, until he must face a horrifying fact—he may never get out of Wayward Pines alive.

2013 International Thriller Award Nominee


I absolutely loved this book immediately. I also loved book 2 & 3. There are so many twists and turns which leave very confused Secret service agent Ethan Burke at the edge of sanity. The picture perfect town is of course too good to be true, but who dares y anything. I wonder if I might like it myself as a little vacation from reality for a few days (definitely not reality though). The mystery and sheer confusion / weirdness (as in Stepford perfect weirdness) peeks its head immediately.

I was provided this copy to provide an hinest review of and it is one of the best books I have read in the past few years. I was immediately sucked in my the mystery and obvious "just too perfect" small town which you can not leave. So strange and the 2nd & 3rd book just continue to drag you into the story as fast as you can possibly read.

I can not wait for the TV event. I have previously read that TV shows were based on this same concept several years back. I am looking forward to the shows, and highly recommend the books for the excitement, human survival instinct, and the lengths some people will go to in order to get what they want.

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Mar 20, 2015

Spring Cleaning BOOK HOP Giveaways ~signed copy Shadows Have Gone by Lissa Bryan

Shadows Have Gone

Book 3 of End of All Things Series

by Lissa Bryan


Release Date: March 26 , 2015

Genre: FICTION / Dystopian/ Romance / General 

ISBN e-book:    978-1-61213-375-1

Available from: Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and TWCS PH


Carly Daniels knows what it is to suffer loss. She knows what it is to sacrifice. In the two years since a pandemic virusknown only as the Infectiondecimated humanity, shes made choices she never could have imagined. Shes condoned violence in the name of peace and done the unthinkable in the name of mercy. But with Justin at her side, shes also learned theres nothing she cant face and nothing she wouldnt do to protect those she loves.

But now another threat has arrived in the form of a uniformed man driving an army truck, claiming to represent the remnant of the United States military. Someone has set their sights on their community . . . and on Justin. The struggle to defend their little homeland is far from over, and the visitors may have brought more danger with them than just their weapons.

The shadows are closing in. Carly has to find out whether she has the strength to stand on her own when all of her support has fallen away. What remains when the shadows have gone?



Theres other news,Justin said. We made contact with a man driving an army truck.

The army?

Someone with the army?

Theres an army?

Whose army?Petes voice rang above the excited babble.

Thats the right question,Justin said. Whose army? He might have been wearing a uniform and claiming affiliation, but I have my doubts.

He claimed to be from the US Army?

Claimed,Justin said, stressing the word hard. And his claim had a few inconsistencies. I was in the Army, and I know. Whatever this guy is a part of, its not the army as we knew it.

What did he want?

Said he was out scouting and saw the smoke. He agreed to leave a message outside of Clayton if his people want to get in contact with us again. And I would imagine they will.

Last thing we need is another fight,Grady said. He took off his hat and wiped the sweat from his forehead. You think they know where we are?

General area. We wouldnt be that hard to find if someone was really searching for us. If theyre really army, then yes, they know exactly where we are as we speak. But as I said, I have my doubts.

Think it will come to a fight?Pete asked.

Justin scratched his chin. I really cant say. What I can say is that we always need to be prepared for it, prepared to defend what is ours.

What if they really are the army? Would we be America again?

Wait. When did we stop being America?

America is dead.This came from David, his voice as blunt as a dropped stone. We all saw it die two years ago. I dont know what we are now, but the Constitution sure aint in effect anymore. Theres no government. Theres no social contract holding us together. Thats what America was, you knowa collective agreement of the people. Now were just—” He sliced a hand through the air.

If the army is still active, that would mean there is a government, which would make this still America,Grady said. Theyd be the governments representatives, establishing order.

Justin shook his head. Youre thinking way too far ahead. Even if they are US Armyand thats a very big ifthey dont have control of the whole country. There is no centralized government, no law enforcement. Theyre not coming to rescue us.



Lissa Bryan is an astronaut, renowned Kabuki actress, Olympic pole vault gold medalist, Iron Chef champion, and scientist who recently discovered the cure for athlete's foot...though only in her head. Real life isn't so interesting, which is why she spends most of her time writing.

She is the author of four other novels, Ghostwriter, The End of All Things, its sequel, The Land of the Shadows, and Under These Restless Skies.


Praise for Shadows Have Gone

"I laughed, I cried, I was gently amused, but what could I expect? Times are tough, no one is trustworthy and yet there is a sweet innocence about some characters that hit you right between the eyes; they are always so positive and wanting to see the best in others. Once again, Lissa Bryan has taken the handoff from a previous book and run with it at breakneck speeds with barely a misstep in sight!"  - Dianne



After a terrible virus ravages the planet, Carly Daniels, one of the few survivors, hides in her apartment in Juneau trying to survive the best she can with only occasional forays to gather food. With her is Sam, a wolf puppy she found starving on the streets. He becomes her companion and a reason to continue when giving up sometimes seems like the more attractive option. Still dazed with shock and grief, she hopes for the world to go back to normal soon.

She is discovered by Justin, an ex-soldier who is intent on making his way to Florida before the winter sets in. Justin coaxes her out of her hiding place and convinces her to join him on his journey, because a warmer climate will be their best chance against the extremes of Mother Nature.

Together, they begin a perilous journey through a nation laid to waste by the disaster. Challenges abound along the way. The weather, injury, and shortage of supplies all help to slow them down. In time, they discover that they arent the only survivors. Some are friendly but some have had their minds destroyed by the high fever. Then there are those who simply take what they want, leaving Carly and Justin with no choice but to defend what is theirs.

But their journey is not without joy and love. Together, they face every struggle, including an unplanned pregnancy. Despite the perils of bringing a child into a world of chaos, their baby is a new beginning for themselves and a symbol of hope for the other survivors they find along the way.

This is the story of their journey to find a place to begin a new life, and a home in each other.


The Horsemen

L.A.'s mayor has declared quarantine to try to halt the spread of the Infection. Pearl sets off across the city to buy supplies, but already the world is changing. Something strange is in the air. The Horsemen are coming ...Veronica

When Veronica's mother doesn't come home from work and no one answers the phone when she calls for help, a nine-year-old girl is thrown into the chaos of a world coming to an end. Veronica decides it's up to her to find her family. "Veronica" is the story of a little girl's courage in the face of the end of all things."I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud"

They called her Shadowfax-- the mare Carly and Justin found on their travels. But before she was found by Carly, the retired dressage horse was known as Cloud. An unusual tale of the end, told through the eyes of a confused and lonely horse, left in her pasture.Birthday

(A previously-published bonus story.) Carly knows Justin has never celebrated his birthday, and after society crumbled, no one knows what date it is, anyway. But she wants to do something special for him. Celebrating the little things helps them keep hope alive, and as a blizzard rages outside, a small gesture of love warms their home.

Tales of courage, tales of survival... Tales from the End.


After surviving the Infection and a perilous journey through the wasteland that was once the United States, Carly and Justin have found a safe home in the isolated town of Colby.Even so, balancing the duties of survival and a growing family isnt easy. As they emerge as leaders, they face difficult questions about justice in a lawless land, basic human rights, and freedom in a world where strength defines worth. More than ever, they have to rely on one another for strength and support during the darkest of times.

The Crisis is far from over. Their fences wont keep the world out forever, and a new threat is emerginga gang of predators who see the town as easy pickings. When danger looms over Colby, Carly must decide how far shell go to protect those she loves.

Its a journey down the long and broken road through The Land of the Shadow.


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